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Samsung has been quite aggressive with its ad campaign for the Galaxy Tab S, comparing its latest slate against its competitors slate, and in this case, that competitor is obviously Apple, and that slate is the iPad. In its latest ad, Samsung took to the streets of New York with its new Galaxy Tab S, comparing it to the iPad, seeing what the average customer has to say about it.
Every single person said the Galaxy Tab S was better - but it's not like we'd see the people saying the iPad is better in an advertisement for a Samsung product, wouldn't that be a nice spin on things? - but the Galaxy Tab S is an incredibly thin and light tablet, with some great specifications. We have two sizes to choose from, with an 8.4- and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S on offer, both sporting a 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display.
The Galaxy Tab S is quite thin, and light at just 1.02 pounds (462g), making it lighter than the iPad which weighs 1.44 pounds (652g) and right on the same footing as the iPad Air which is 1 pound (469g).
Sprint and SoftBank will reportedly launch the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, with the smartphone set to be unveiled during IFA next week. However, the company - which attracted just 2.1 percent smartphone market share in 2013 - will face stiff competition from Samsung and Apple. However, this would be the first time Sony smartphones would be available for SoftBank, and could provide a roadmap to increased market share.
The Xperia Z3 is a Google Android (v4.4.4 KitKat) device running a quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage capacity.
"I can't see this making much of a difference," said Yasuo Nakane, Deutsche Bank analyst, when explaining the proposed deal. "Even if they put out a phone on Sprint, Verizon is the priority any way you think about it."
Electronics maker Archos has unveiled the Archos 80 Cesium tablet, a device running Microsoft Windows 8.1 and uses an Intel quad-core CPU with a 1200 x 800 resolution. The 8" tablet's hardware specifications haven't been released, but for $149, the price point might attract consumers.
Archos has released multiple Google Android tablets, but hopes a low-price Windows 8.1 tablet will help draw users in - most Windows 8.1 tablets, from Microsoft, Dell, Lenovo and other OEMs, are still rather expensive.
The company also introduced the Archos 40 Cesium, a 4-inch Qualcomm Snapdragon 200-powered smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1. It will be released in Europe next month for around $130.
Apple has finally confirmed the September 9 event we've all known was coming for a while, sending out invitations to the media for the event that will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts has a capacity of just 757, which is where Apple normally hosts its media events, but The Flint Center holds a huge 2400 people. There's not much given from Apple, apart from the tease of "Wish we could say more." It of course teases the 9/9/2014 date, where we should see the company launch either one, or two new iPhones - in 4.7 and 5.5 inches - as well as the purported iWatch.
It looks like we should get excited for the event, but what to expect? Just two new iPhones with an iWatch too? Will we see some true innovations from Apple after years of slight iteration changes to the iPhone? I don't know whether to get excited or not, what about you?
T-Mobile has announced plans to release the HTC One M8 for Windows smartphone to its customers in time for Christmas, as Windows Phone supporters will have something to cheer about. The Windows Phone 8.1 device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.3 GHz) CPU, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage space, along with a 5" full 1080p HD display.
Pricing and availability of the HTC One M8 for Windows wasn't made available by T-Mobile, but it will be released in time for Christmas. The M8 for Windows is currently available on Verizon Wireless for $100 with a two-year contract or $600 without a contract. AT&T hasn't publicly disclosed pricing or availability of the M8 on its network.
Despite Windows Phone-powered devices that look appealing, it has been difficult for Microsoft to compete with Google Android and Apple iOS - a problem that won't go away anytime soon, with Windows Phone capturing less than five percent of the smartphone market. HTC has taken advantage of Microsoft nixing Windows Phone licensing fees, in an attempt to draw more handset makers to its struggling mobile OS.
Google should hopefully take the wraps off of its upcoming next-gen Nexus smartphone soon, a flagship that should arrive with Android L, or Android 5.0, or heck, Android Lemon Meringue Pie, or whatever they call it.
TKTechNews is behind the later rumor, where it shows actual links to the leaked Fnac.pt pages, where you can find a listing for the 64GB Nexus X. The image says that the Nexus X features a 5.2-inch display, 2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and a 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera. There are conflicting reports on the display, with some stating it will arrive with a 5.3-inch display, while others state it'll show up with a 5.9-inch panel.
The OS is listed as "Android Lemon Meringue 5.0," which is what we should expect Google to unveil with the Nexus X.
The last time we heard about the 12.9-inch iPad was all the way back in January, where we heard Apple would launch the bigger iPad before the end of 2014. But now Bloomberg is reporting that production on the larger, 12.9-inch iPad will crank up in the first quarter of next year.
Bloomberg is reporting on the news from "people with knowledge on the matter" who "asked not to be identified because the details aren't public." The sources didn't spill much details on the bigger iPad, apart from the fact that we should expect it to go into production early next year, and feature a 12.9-inch display.
Why the need of a bigger iPad? Bloomberg thinks that Apple could make waves in the enterprise market with a business-focused iPad, which could counter Microsoft's Surface Pro 3. Would you buy a bigger iPad? Or do you want to see a convertible device with OS X with the ability to detach from its keyboard to be used as a tablet?
It has been over a month since Amazon launched its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone, but how are sales going? Well, Amazon haven't released official sales figures, but Charles Arthur of The Guardian has smashed some numbers into a calculator, with some estimates on the sales of the Fire Phone.
Arthur's estimated sales number of the Fire Phone comes in at just 35,000 sold, where he used data from both Chitika and ComScore. Arthur found that the Fire Phone has barely made an appearance on US mobile traffic since it launched last month, with the 35,000 estimated Fire Phones sold being the best case scenario.
"Therefore even allowing for margins of error, it seems unlikely - based on Chitika's data and the ComScore data - that there were more than about 35,000 Fire Phones in use after those 20 days [of being available]," according to Arthur. He continues: "Amazon had not responded to a request for comment on the calculation by the time of publication."
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill making California the first state requiring smartphone kill switches enabled on new smartphones. Politicians and law enforcement hope the kill switch will help reduce the number of robberies and thefts related to smartphones, especially in metropolitan areas throughout the state. The law goes into effect after July 1, 2015.
A kill switch law was approved in Minnesota, but the California bill was different because the kill switch has to ship on mobile devices already enabled. Consumers have the choice to disable it if they choose they don't want it anymore. If the phone is stolen, the kill switch will render the device useless until a PIN or correct password is entered on the device.
"California has just put smartphone thieves on notice," said Mark Leno (D - San Francisco), bill creator. "Our efforts will effectively wipe out the incentive to steal smartphones and curb this crime of convenience, which is fueling street crime and violence within our communities."
We will meet the Galaxy Note 4 next week, where it should feature the same Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint technology that is found in Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. Not only that, but the Galaxy Note 4 should feature added functionality compared to the sensor featured in the S5.
SamMobile is reporting that the Galaxy Note 4 should feature two notable changes in its fingerprint sensor, with the first being the ability to control which application opens when you swipe your finger. This allows users to program a specific application to open up when they swipe their thumb, with the app opening up and displaying in front of you instantly - instead of your finger unlocking the phone, and then having to navigate to the app you were going to use anyway.
The second feature is that you will be able to save passwords and log into websites, with the new Web sign-in feature allowing you to visit sites like Amazon, Gmail and many others where your username and password have been remembered. Instead of typing in your password, you'll be able to swipe your finger on the sensor, where the browser will then enter in your credentials for you. These new features will be added to the what the Galaxy S5 is already capable of.